Ontario Shores Wins Greening Health Care Award

April 25, 2016

Ontario Shores has been recognized with the 2015 Greening Health Care Award. Greening Health Care is the largest program of its kind in North America, helping hospitals work together to lower their energy costs, raise their environmental performance, and contribute to the health and well-being of their communities.

This award, which will be presented on June 9, recognizes health care organizations that achieve a 5 per cent or greater energy savings over the previous baseline year, which in our case is 2011, the last time we won this award.  Ontario Shores saw an overall 6.5% reduction in total energy consumption, the majority of which was achieved in 2015. This includes:

  • a 9.7% drop in electricity consumption
  • a 5.6% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
  • and an 8% drop in water consumption

The hospital’s Free Cooling Project, made possible by funding from TD Bank Group, which enabled us to turn off our mechanical cooling system during late fall and early spring, was a major contributor to the drop in electricity consumption. We have also improved our landfill diversion rate to 44% in 2015/16 compared to 29% in 2012/13. This was achieved mainly through food recycling. The hospital’s Support Services staff were instrumental in helping to achieve these outcomes.